Howard Hughes

1905 - 1976

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Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American aerospace engineer, business magnate, film producer, investor, philanthropist, and pilot. He was best known during his lifetime as one of the richest and most influential people in the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Howard Hughes has received more than 25,371,412 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Howard Hughes is the 2nd most popular businessperson (down from 1st in 2019), the 56th most popular biography from United States (down from 36th in 2019) and the most popular American Businessperson.

Howard Hughes was an American aviator, engineer, and businessman who became one of the wealthiest people in the world. He became famous for his aviation exploits and later for his eccentric behavior as a reclusive multi-billionaire.

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Among businesspeople, Howard Hughes ranks 2 out of 847Before him are Cecil Rhodes. After him are Bill Gates, Pierre de Coubertin, Oskar Schindler, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Sepp Blatter, Larry Ellison, John D. Rockefeller, Jeff Bezos, Vince McMahon, and Warren Buffett.

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Among people born in 1905, Howard Hughes ranks 3Before him are Jean-Paul Sartre, and Ayn Rand. After him are Simo Häyhä, Albert Speer, Elias Canetti, Viktor Frankl, Greta Garbo, Henry Fonda, Dag Hammarskjöld, Christian Dior, and Carl David Anderson. Among people deceased in 1976, Howard Hughes ranks 5Before him are Mao Zedong, Agatha Christie, Martin Heidegger, and Werner Heisenberg. After him are Alvar Aalto, Luchino Visconti, Zhou Enlai, Fritz Lang, Max Ernst, Jean Gabin, and Bernard Montgomery.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Howard Hughes ranks 56 out of 20,380Before him are Cher (1946), Clint Eastwood (1930), Wallis Simpson (1896), Al Gore (1948), Joseph Smith (1805), and Andy Warhol (1928). After him are Robert Frost (1874), Henry Ford (1863), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890), John Wilkes Booth (1838), George W. Bush (1946), and Bette Davis (1908).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Howard Hughes ranks 1After him are Bill Gates (1955), Larry Ellison (1944), John D. Rockefeller (1839), Jeff Bezos (1964), Vince McMahon (1945), Warren Buffett (1930), Tim Cook (1960), Jeffrey Epstein (1953), David Rockefeller (1915), Steve Ballmer (1956), and Colonel Sanders (1890).